These days with so many socia media networks, like Pinterest and Instagram, there seems to be so much pressure to be the “perfect” mom. While my husband works 12 hour (or more) work days, I find myself feeling guilty that maybe I’m not doing enough on the home front. I know I can’t be the only one experiencing this.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a working mom, we always feel like we could or should be doing more. More with our kids, more around the house…Well I’m here to stand with you and let go of that guilt! I will no longer compare myself to others and beat myself up for any “shortcomings” I feel I may have. Instead I will embrace the opportunity I’ve been given as a wife and mother and be proud of what I DO accomplish in a day!
Keeping a toddler busy throughout the day is no simple task! There is only so much I can get done around the house before I hear, “Mama play? Mama play. Mama Play!”.
There is also so much leggo building and toy car racing I can do before I’m bored out of my mind. Sometimes it’s nice to take it easy with a little activity at the dining room table.
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It’s 6:00 on a Tuesday night and I should have started dinner half an hour ago. At this point I’ve Lost all motivation and will likely pop a cup of Easy Mac into the microwave for my toddler.
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. As a stay at home mom, I face so many moments throughout the week where I immediately turn to sugary snacks or pre-made, processed meals. It’s not that I don’t like to cook, I actually love it. But I’m often faced with situations where we’re running late to an appointment or play date or spending the day running errands. Or I have a fussy toddler who wants me to play dinosaurs instead of going to the kitchen to cook for an hour.
As easy as it is to throw fruit snacks in the diaper bag or microwave a frozen dinner on these days, it’s just not satisfying. Most of the time these foods don’t leave us feeling full. Honestly, nothing can compare to fresh, healthy food.
So I have been left with wondering how we as moms and wives can make sure our family is getting high quality snacks and meals without resulting in us being in the kitchen all day. And without leaving us stressed out or feeling guilty for a less than nutritional meal.
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Trying to decide on my first post of the year was becoming daunting. Then it hit me like the caffeine in my morning coffee! Why not feature a few of my favorite mom bloggers? These very talented mamas vary in background, experience, and style. All of them have something fabulous to offer and are definitely worth following in 2018!
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As my son gets older it’s becoming more important to me that we start focusing on meaningful lessons during playtime. One thing we focused on last month was Giving Thanks.
In a world of increasing entitlement we want to raise our kids to be grateful. From family to the waitress at our favorite restaurant, I want them to acknowlege all that others do for them. Which leads me to our latest playtime adventure…
The Kid’s Night In Box
If you’re a regular visitor here at Beatuifully Imperfect Mama then you may have read a couple of my reviews on Night In Boxes. Well to my excitement they recently released a Kid’s Night In Box!
Each box comes curated with a variety of activities for kids ages 3-11. Our November box came with some great tools for our lesson on Giving Thanks.
Have you ever dreaded going out of the house with your kids? Maybe it’s just a day of running to the grocery store and the bank or maybe it’s so you can finally make it to that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off for 6 months. Either way, you know your little one will be less than thrilled with the less than “kid friendly” activities.
To survive this sort of adventure you’ll need to pack the essentials. Of course, each child is different and there’s a very good chance that there will be some trial and error before you figure out what will keep your kids happy. For my “Toddzilla”, there are 5 ways I tend to keep him reined in during these outings.
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Hey mama! Yeah you, with the messy bun and chipped nail polish. My guess is you’re exhausted and could use a little break, am I right? Me too. Motherhood is a beautiful thing but as fulfilling as it is, it doesn’t leave much time for “me time”.
There are quite a few things I love to do to unwind. The trouble is that most of these are time consuming and often pricey (shopping, manicures, etc.). Honestly, the majority of the time I’m too tired to even go out and do these things. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fairy Godmother appear at times like this? I imagine mine would show up with treats in hand.
I’ve had quite a busy Summer (the blog, family vacations, keeping my toddler entertained…). Then one day I opened my mailbox to find a package marked: It’s You Time. Mom’s Night In Boxes.
Hello I’m Jordan. And I’m an over-packer. I’ve always been this way; packing for every type of weather, taking full bottles of shampoo for one weekend, and having my suitcase bursting at the seams when I close it.
(Pictured above: Our trip to Texas the previous Summer where I thought packing a whole separate suitcase would be a good alternative. Try dragging that thing around airport after airport…)
The first trip we took after having our son was hard for me. Not because I was afraid he’d get cranky or because we’d be on a germ infested airplane, but because it meant I would have to pack both my things AND my son’s in ONE suitcase!
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Inside the box
Binge watching The Flash last night, I realized (at about 10 p.m) that I had an Easter picnic/potluck with my running club in the morning. In realizing this, I remembered I hadn’t picked up anything to make. Sitting there kicking myself for forgetting, I briefly thought, I can just pick something up on the way in the a.m. Then I came back to reality knowing I would never get us ready and out of the door in time.
I would love to tell you all that this doesn’t happen to me often but that would be a lie. I am a last minute kind of girl…but I’m also the girl who loves to bring good food to the party.